Category: Bluegrass Today Profiles

Mac Wiseman reaches 90 years of age 

| May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mac Wiseman, the Voice with the Heart, celebrates his 90th birthday today, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Malcolm B Wiseman began his working life in radio, on Radio WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he was on the cusp of leaving his teenage years. There he sang […]

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Well-deserved honor for Fletcher Bright

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Most musicians have strong memories about the turning points in their careers, and that’s certainly true for octogenarian Fletcher Bright, who says his came in the late 1980s after he’d been performing professionally for more than 40 years with his band, the Dismembered Tennesseans. It […]

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On This Day #39 – Jimmy Martin

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On This Day  … On May 14, 2005, Jimmy Martin passed away. Ten years ago today, James Henry Martin passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, having been diagnosed with bladder cancer over a year earlier. He was aged 77. The Toronto Star called him “one of the greatest […]

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On This Day #38 – Carroll Best

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On This Day…… On May 8, 1995, Carroll Best was shot dead by his brother Sam. He was 64 years of age. Hugh Carroll Best Jr, from the Crabtree community of Haywood County, North Carolina, was a master of the melodic or fiddle-style of playing […]

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Steve Lewis – Inside the mind of a contest champion

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Lewis, from Todd, NC (a tiny community just north of Boone) was gracious enough to talk with me about his experience playing and winning some of the toughest banjo and guitar contests in the country. In the interest of full disclosure, I first met […]

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Catching Up With the Spinney Brothers

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Maybe the Spinney Brothers should try to negotiate a contract that pays them by the mile. Sure, every bluegrass band racks up the miles, but when home is in Nova Scotia, just about every trip for Rick and Allan Spinney is a long one. Take […]

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Artist2Artist: Andy Statman – What is it to be Ferocious?

| May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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You know what drives me nuts? It’s pretty simple. It’s for me to be on stage and play a fiddle note that is not good quality. Mind you, it can be one note in thousands — or it can be a bunch of poorly delivered […]

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Larry Keel talks new music

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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With a rich background in Appalachia, and years of picking their own brand of vivid bluegrass blended jam music, it is undeniable that The Larry Keel Experience is one of the most lively acts on the festival scene today. Attendees at their Jefferson Theater show […]

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On this Day #38 – Flatt & Scruggs

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day … On Saturday, April 11, 1953, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Curly Seckler, Benny Martin, bass player unknown, but may have been Red Murphy) performed at the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, along with Lefty Frizzell, Wayne Raney, […]

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Having a Coffee with …… Allan Spinney 

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Having A Coffee With… is a fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests, as well as about the music that they love.   Allan Spinney is the older of the two Spinney Brothers […]

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